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In first, Saudi women allowed to run in local elections

Women in the Gulf state, which applies a strict segregation of the sexes, are banned from driving and have to cover in public from head to toeSaudi Arabia allowed women to register to stand in local elections on Sunday, in a historic first for the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom. It came after another first earlier this month, when women started to register as voters for the December local elections at centres run by all-female staff, separate from registration facilities for Saudi males. The late king Abdullah in 2011 granted women the right to vote and to stand as candidates in this year’s local elections.

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